659 Tasting Notes
The first of the Monstrositea August box—another exciting month of teas, I’m glad I stuck with this over the other Aussie box.
I’ll admit that I mostly picked this tonight because it’s a herbal. My first sip was a big mouthful of licorice root, which bummed me out, but then I decided to follow Monstrositea’s suggestion of adding a squeeze of fresh lemon and MY MIND IS BLOWN.
OK. A squeeze of fresh lemon totally transformed this tea for me—and makes me wonder if my licorice root hatred can be zapped using the same method in the future too. That aggressive licorice flavour was just… depleted. A faint lingering but that’s it. And it actually made this blend taste super creamy. What!? I’m so confused but also so excited. What. Ok. Cool.
Definitely looking forward to the rest of this.
SPARKLEPONY!!! After giggling my head off at Marzipan ‘s nickname for this tea, I was pleased to find a sample of it in my swap with VariaTEA and didn’t waste much time throwing it in an infuser.
It really is a sparklepony. Wow. Look at that glitter! Worth it for the novelty alone! Though the tea itself is pretty delicious. Very warm-tasting. I had it warm all on its own and just enjoyed watching the sparkles as I drank.
The rest of my sample is cold brewing in the fridge as I type; I’ll most likely take it to work tomorrow! Those sparkles don’t waste any time, though. As soon as the cold water hit the teapot, BLAM! GLITTER EVERYWHERE! So cool.
Yeah, this tea is incredible. Be careful, though, because it is possible to brew it a little too long. It can get a bit astringent! Easily amended with some sugar and milk, because it’s true, this tea is awesome in all forms. Just watch the oversteeping—keep it to around 3mins.
A beautiful, light and sweet brew with clear vanilla and fruit hints. I pulled it out for afternoon tea with my friend today, partly due to her flavour profile request and partly due to the fact that Hobart woke up this morning to a mountain absolutely coated in snow. This is definitely the most snow I’ve seen on kunanyi since I moved here two years ago, and a lot of locals are saying it’s the most snow they’ve seen for far more years than that. It’s very exciting for this little ex-Queenslander, though I was restrained and stayed off the roads instead of rushing to the mountain—the pinnacle road is closed due to the heavy snow but I was strongly considering parking and trekking up a bit further to some heavier snow to play in. Having said that, a lot of local roads in and out are closed due to the snowfall and I don’t expect I would have been the only rubbernecker on the road, so I played it sensible and stayed inside. To be honest, it was a LOT warmer inside than out today, too! I think we barely got above zero celcius in apparent temperatures. This is a perfect winter day for me. I wish it was like this more often.
Anyway, tea, yes. I wonder if Art of Tea will consider renaming the tea, based on the dual naming policy that came in for the mountain at the start of the year. I love the word kunanyi and I hope it will overtake the white word in usage, as uluru has done.